Sunday, May 18, 2008

A short weekend..

Yesterday was the 17th of May - when we celebrate our nation's independence, one might say. It was on that date that the Norwegian constitution was signed, giving us some freedom in 1814, but it wasn't until 1905 that we got our very own King and finally was a free country again. We didn't do much celebration yesterday - to be honest, it was SOOOO cold and nasty outside, it was more tempting to stay inside and watch parades on TV. We did, however, go outside for a little while, meeting BF's parents for dinner, but it was cold and windy - and it rained (it even snowed in the morning and in some places in Norway). *brrr*

Over to more quilt-related things. I've received one May-block from the exchange hosted by Hobbyboden - but I still haven't received the two from April or the last one from May. Now, I know I 'm supposed to make the last two from me really soon, but I don't really feel the rush to finish them. For some odd reason..
I received this block from Lillesnuppa - and I will put the picture up in the forum so that she can see that I have received it.

I've started working on the first Christmas present for 2008 (wow, already..). I'm not going to tell what it will be when it's all done - or who's going to receive it - but here's a little peak. I'm using silk thread for the stitching, and I will use pearls and such for the snow falling. I think it'll give a nice effect. :)

In other news, this is the fifth block from Truly Scrumptious waiting to be started. I finished the borders and the drawing last weekend, but have been busy at work and with the one above so I haven't started the stitching yet. :) I think that these blocks/ladies are so much fun to work on - and I love the colours!

I received an envelope in the mail the other day, from my mom and grandmother. My parents went to see my grandparents last weekend, and they decided to send me some fabric. The two on the top are from my grandmother - gorgeous, don't you think? - and the 7 smaller pieces are from my mother. I really love the one with the butterflies on..

Now, I know that the competition for completing the 5th stitchery from Jordbærstedet was closed some time in April, but I got so sick of working on it, I decided not to rush getting it done. I've completed most of the stitching, I'm considering to use beads on some of the dots, and I've washed the fabric that came with it. But it stopped there.. for now, anyway. I'm waiting for the 6th and last stitchery now - I heard some rumors saying that it was almost ready to be sent, but I'm not exactly holding my breath. :P

It's strange, don't you think, that some things get such a grip on you that you need to work on it 24/7, while other things are OK to work on a little now and then.

I don't know about you out there in the "Blogiverse", but I'm dying to see an update from my mom - she's been moving some things around the house (shhh.. I won't tell exactly what she's been up to) and I'm curious and envious to see how things are looking. ;)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Well, it's been some pretty busy months for me - don't know about the rest of you out there in the blog-iverse, but the last month I _think_ I remembered, was March.. In the meantime there's been the annual meeting in the Quilt Association - and my birthday - I've joined a quiz team (we meet at this pub every Thursday and battle up to 20 other teams), and have suddenly realized that in about 8 weeks I need to pack my bags (we're going to France!!!). Jeeze.. Tempus Fugit, right?

Some time ago (I think it was in January) AfricanKelli showed some nametags that she'd ordered from a company in Australia. Well, I couldn't resist - and about 2.5-3 months later these little darlings fell into our mailbox. Cute?

Well, during the annual meeting I bought a pattern/kit for a small giftbag with butterflies - and, surprice surprice! I ended up winning a pattern/kit for another one (this one with strawberries)! So a couple of weeks ago I decided to start working on them, and the results have been on display in BF's bookshelf for a little while now. So fast, easy and fun to make.. I've gotta make more of them!

The rest of the stuff that managed to "follow" me home from the meeting (yes, followed - and things that follow you home, you get to keep, right?) have been hiding in a bag ever since - longing for the day when they will find a very good meaning to their lives. Or something like that. Honestly, I've been too busy with work and allergies to more or less think of other things than managing work and getting enough sleep..

I have - however - been working on the Truly Scrumptious! I chose to do a little something different then Natalie had done in her pattern, but I think it looks pretty good. All those squares kinda scared me a little.. plus, doing it like this actually was alot of fun. Yep, I'm just a little bit weird. :p

Anywho - without any further introduction, please welcome block 1, 2, 3 AND 4 of the gorgeous Truly Scrumptious!

First out is Gigi - with her dog.

Then comes Ava and her bébés..

Followed by Miss Evangeline..

And then Miss T Tipsy.

Gorgeous girls, don't you think? Now, the fifth girl - Izzy - is currently awaiting some batting , and then she'll be ready for some stitching. I really like working on these girls - eventhough BF once exclaimed "what? there are nine of them?" - well, actually, honey, there are ten.. But! I guess he'll figure that out sooner or later. ;)

Last year - for my birthday - my grandparents gave me a box of Japanese fabrics. Well, I made a couple of things of them - two bags actually - and cut the rest of the fabric into strips and made an attempt at making my first strip/stripy quilt. Well, when the top was done, and sandwich'ed, I put it away - until last weekend. The past week I've bled from the fingertips whilst quilting it - by hand, of course, I need all the practice I can get - and earlier today I put the binding on it! *proud*

Now, I'm going to run it through the washing machine to get all the dust and other nasty things out of it - but I'm really not sure what I should call it.. is it a wall quilt, a baby quilt or a table cloth? Hmm.. maybe leave it for a little while - perhaps it'll tell me.

I guess I'll save the purchases - no, wait, the adoptions - from the meeting and pictures for another post - I think this one's big enough now. ;) Hopefully, things will calm down a little at work, so that I have a little more energy when I get home - right now I am not what you'd consider either social or fun..